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Drumming for Drums

Date: 15 October 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Venue: Czech Embassy

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Bubny Shoah Memorial in Prague, presents Drumming for Drums (Bubnování pro Bubny) with special guest, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, on October 15, at 6 pm, at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC.          

The event commemorates the day (October 16, 1941) that the first Nazi transport of Jews set out from the Prague-Bubny Railway Station. The deportations of Prague Jews and the expulsion of Prague Germans after WWII caused the city to lose its traditional identity. Prague lost 50,000 of its residents, who perished. The transports took place while the city kept silent.                

Drumming for Drums in DC will be held in solidarity with a special event taking place a day later in Prague at the actual train station from which the transports departed—Prague-Bubny Railway Station. The word “bubny” means “drums” in English. The drumming is a call to action against the silence that oppressed and destroyed many lives. A drumbeat echoes, reverberates, remembering the lives lost and the beating heart of humanity.       

Come join the drumming circle at the Czech Embassy; all ages are welcome to attend!     

The event is held to raise awareness and funding for the Memorial of Silence in Prague, Czech Republic. American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) will accept monetary donations (cash or check) at the event.     

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic                          
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008       

RSVP by October 13        

Please bring: Guests are invited to bring something to make noise (djembe, bongos, maracas, homemade percussion instruments, or even pots and pans, etc.) as well as blankets for the outdoor event. We will have a limited number of chairs, percussion instruments and dejembes available to use at the event. All ages can participate!                    

Weather permitting, the event will be held outside. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Embassy’s main hall.      

THE MEMORIAL OF SILENCE is a project that will transform the Bubny Railway Station, in Prague, Czech Republic into a center for discussion of "the Shoah in us" as a contemporary stigma. The project is carried out by a non-profit organization Memorial Shoah Prague o.p.s. (Památník šoa Praha, o.p.s.). Its main activities at present include the development of the architectural plans and the creating of the script for a memorial's future permanent exhibition. In addition it organizes exhibitions and events for the general public.    

For additional information, please visit: http://bubny.org/en/memorial.